The popularity of Neurokinetic Therapy has been steadily rising in the health and fitness industry over the last several years. The reason is simple. It’s effective. Practitioners are able to immediately use the technique after their first seminar. Patients/clients get faster results that actually last.
But everyone wants to know: What exactly is it?
NKT® is a system that identifies imbalances by using a unique protocol to determine what muscle functions are neurologically disconnected, causing pain and inefficient movements.
Adding this approach to visual or orthopedic assessments, manual or self release techniques, and corrective rehabilitation systems will allow the Practitioner to help you restore proper movement patterns and reprogram the Motor Control Center (MCC).
What can Neurokinetic Therapy help with?
- low back pain
- neck pain
- repetitive strain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- shoulder injuries
- elbow injuries
- knee injuries
- plantar fasciitis
- pelvic floor issues
We move in patterns
The goal is to help restore dynamic balance by addressing the cause of faulty movement patterns. Ideally we can move from A, to point B, to point C without effort. It’s linear, automatic, and happens naturally without conscious thought.
However, when the body is introduced to injury or trauma it goes into survival mode. The body-mind connection derives a way to get you to where you need to be.
Example. You’re out walking along and you twist your ankle on that gnarly branch that reached out out grabbed you. After you brush yourself off from that graceful faceplant you limp on. You can’t just stay on the ground and drag your ass to wherever you need to be. And, frankly, nobody is going to carry you, so you have to keep going.
Your body is efficiently putting you into a compensation pattern to continue moving forward to complete your goal.
Compensation is how we roll. We do it so well that we don’t know we’re doing it. Occasionally, we get stuck in that less than efficient compensation pattern. The CNS gets a little lazy and figures its been getting to where its supposed to be going so it adopts this pattern. It becomes so normal that we go day to day evolving new compensation patterns to work for our compensation patterns.
Nevermind the aggressive hip pain and low back pain that has actually and unknowingly developed from the epic faceplant branch incident that we still don’t talk about.
The pattern builds upon itself and then suddenly we wake up one day in pain.
We have no idea why we are in pain, we can’t remember getting injured recently, or maybe we slept on it weird (my personal favorite explanation from clients), but something is going on. And it hurts.
That something could be that twisted ankle that happened 20 years ago. How is that possible? COMPENSATION. The brain said, ‘Danger Will Robinson’, and developed a strategy to keep you going.
Your Nervous System, specifically the MCC, did exactly what its intended purpose was designed to do. It kept you moving forward. Until it could no longer expend the energy to do so.
It gave you the signal you needed to pay attention. Pain.
Neurokinetic Therapy Embraces Failure
NKT uses the CNS’ ultimate learning tool, failure, to optimize movement. When we fail, we are open to learning new ways of doing things.
Neurokinetic Therapy allows the practitioner to reopen the neural pathways and help the brain learn a new pattern. This happens by utilizing manual muscle testing to get a sense of dysfunction.
When a muscle test ‘fails’ the MCC pays very close attention to what information it receives next. I say ‘fails’, because when you are up and mobile, the muscle is doing its job getting you to where you’re going by being rerouted through the movement glitch. However, when you’re on the table, you’re a slab of meat. That muscle has a moment of panic not knowing what’s required of it, because it doesn’t have access to it’s compensation.
This is where the NKT® protocol and strategic correctives to burn in a more efficient pattern for the brain to adapt come in.
The MCC is all ears on how to be more efficient. It knows that optimal movement takes little energy expenditure and feels effortless. It wants to learn accurate useful information so that it can save resources for the zombie apocalypse.
And who can blame it?
Neurokinetic Therapy is a fun, interactive form of treatment that requires you to be a highly active participant in your recovery. We have a worldwide network of remarkable practitioners ready to help you out. Contact me if you need to find someone in your area.